HTCP Level 1 Information (Minor Hockey Alliance of Ontario)

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HTCP - Level 1
The HTCP Level 1 program is the introductory level of the program which introduces the participant to the principles of injury and risk management. Topics include:

  • Purpose of the Program 
  • Fair Play Codes 
  • Hockey Trainer's Responsibilities
  • Risk Management 
  • Medical Information Files and Injury Reporting
  • First Aid Kit 
  • Bullying, Harassment and Abuse* 
  • Protective Equipment and Hygiene
  • Injury Prevention Techniques 
  • Emergency Action Plan 
  • Injury Recognition and Management 
  • Spinal Injuries and Concussions 
  • Injuries and Illness
  • Removing Players From Action/Coordinating Return to Play
  • Nutrition and Hydration, Hygiene, Performance Enhancing Drugs HIV and Hockey, Exercise Induced Bronchospasm

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Re-certification: Every 3 years with a universal expiration date of August 31/yr.

No equivalencies are permitted (see rationale below).

Age Requirement: The minimum age in which a participant can be certified as trainer in the HTCP is 16 years of age, however, the trainer must be at least 2 years older than the team age for which they are a trainer. It is highly recommended that this age group work as an assistant trainer for one (1) year prior to being allowed to take full responsibility for a team.

(*) The Bullying, Harassment and Abuse component that is included in the HTCP is a condensed version derived from the Speak Out program. This module discusses specific topics relating to the hockey trainer, however, it is not a substitute for the RIS-Activity Leader Course.

Current Eligibility:  This course is currently available to participants whose HTCP certification expires between April 1 - August 31, 2022 (or beyond).
If your HTCP Level 1 certification expired prior to this period, you are not eligible and will be unable to register for the online refresher course.   
Those who qualify for the HTCP Refresher have until October 31 of the eligible year (as noted above) to register for the course otherwise, you will be eligible for the full Level 1 course.

NOTE: Effective November 1st of each year, the eligibility period changes to April 1st of the following year (next applicable expiry period). 

The Hockey Trainers Certification Program
Through the Hockey Trainers Certification Program (HTCP), the Hockey Development Centre for Ontario and its members provide the necessary education to improve the trainer’s ability to deal with various injury situations.

The HTCP first began certifying trainers in 1980. Since 1980 the HTCP has continued to refine and improve in order to provide trainers with an excellent means of obtaining personal knowledge and practical skills.

The purpose of the HTCP:

  • To standardize the methods and techniques of hockey trainers in the Province of Ontario.
  • To provide a standard of care for all hockey teams at any level of competition.
  • To provide a progressive training process for hockey trainers.
  • To provide a means of communication and feedback for all trainers (participants and instructors).
  • To assist in the preparation of a safe environment for players and bench personnel.

All Trainer certifications expire every 3 years with a universal expiry date of August 31st, regardless of level.

Hockey Trainers Certification Program (HTCP) - Level 1 Equivalency Policy Rationale 
In the past, the Hockey Trainers Certification Program did provide for those individuals with specific medical skills and training, equivalency into the HTCP Level I only.  On September 10, 1994 the HDCO Trainers committee enacted a rule change that equivalencies would no longer be granted into the Level I program and as a result all participants are required to successfully complete the Level I program in order to attain their Hockey Trainers Certification in the Province of Ontario. 

The rationale for this policy change is that the HTCP Level I program is fundamentally non-medical in nature and therefore the program would not recognize medical training of any kind as an equivalency.  Secondly, the HTCP Level I includes sports specific non-medical components that are not necessarily covered in a medical or para-medical program. 

The HTCP does recognize that the medical or para-medical training of some individuals participating in the Level I program is higher than what is required by the introductory program. However, the introductory program emphasizes risk management and safety education as well as other components non-medical in nature, which are vital to all participants to ensure the safety of all players.  These include:   

·          Trainer’s Role and Responsibilities – What is required from a volunteer hockey trainer

·          Code of Ethics and Fair Play Codes – Definition of Codes

·          Risk Management  - What is the role of the volunteer hockey trainer

·          Abuse and Harassment – Definitions, Policy, Disclosure and Prevention Guidelines for the hockey trainer

·          Emergency Action Plan – How to activate the EAP in response to an emergency

·          Protective Equipment & Fitting – Equipment Standards

·          Injury Data Collection Program – Overview of Form and collection of information

·          Return to Play Policies and Guidelines - MD’s written permission to return to play

·          Insurance and Other Forms - Liabilities of a volunteer trainer in the arena 

The HTCP also recognizes those individuals who have attained certain medical qualifications, which are deemed of a higher qualification than that of Standard First Aid.  Those individuals having full accreditation in these recognized professions are able to apply for HTCP Level II status once they have successfully completed the Level I program.  

The HTCP encourages individuals that have specific medical backgrounds to become involved as a team trainer as they can also offer a wide variety of technical expertise.  The goal of the HTCP is to educate and inform the participant on ever-changing situations that face the volunteer trainer of today and tomorrow.  The HTCP Level I is a positive experience that is beneficial to everyone!